A new Community Land Trust (CLT) development of 54 new homes in East Cambridgeshire has been given the green light by the District Council planning committee.
The scheme at Haddenham includes 19 affordable homes. Trustees from the CLT engaged with planners from an early stage and attended pre-application discussions to ensure that the development adhered to relevant policies, local needs were met and concerns acknowledged.
Councillor Mark Hugo, Ward Councillor and Chairman for Haddenham Community Land Trust, said: “We are delighted with the decision by the planning committee. This decision means that the Haddenham Community Land Trust can go ahead and provide affordable homes for young families in the village as well as providing an income source for further village projects and ventures. The site design was greatly influenced by local people following regular consultations with residents”.
Cllr Charles Roberts, Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, added: “We are thrilled to be bringing this project to fruition and that it was given the full backing of members at the Planning Committee this week. Providing genuinely affordable local homes for local people though the Community Land Trust scheme is at the heart of East Cambs’ housing policy and it is something we are fully committed to supporting and developing.”
A pledge to deliver a Community Land Trust scheme at Haddenham was a key part of the new East Cambs Corporate Plan 2017-2019, which was unveiled by the Council recently. The East Cambs Corporate Plan 2017-2019 has a key focus on housing and outlines the council’s dedication to continue to develop Community Land Trusts and provide genuinely affordable housing for residents.
East Cambridgeshire District Council has also recently released a video outlining its aims from the corporate plan.